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Artist Reimagines Everyday Objects as Playfully Over-Sized Sculptures

Artist Rmulo Celdrn reimagines everyday objects as larger-than-life sculptures for his playful series called Macro. Things like bottle caps, ice cube trays, and sponges are scaled hundreds of times bigger for the sculpture series. Sometimes, this makes them well over seven feet tall.

The gigantic sizing acts like a magnifying glass for these objects. By blowing up the small details, we see characteristics of the item that we'd normally miss because they're so small. At this oversized scale, the zig-zag surface pattern on a hot water bottle becomes much more pronounced, as does the joints of clothes pins. A pen cap also showcases the wear and tear that comes from chewing on it too long. It's these nooks and crannies that invite us to carefully explore each of Celdrn's works, making them a joy to view.

The famous pop artist Claes Oldenburg was instrumental in the development of Celdrn's pieces. Oldenburg began creating oversized sculptures in the 1960s, and they were an inspiration to Celdrn. “His works involving objects and departures from scale [to] inflate reality were very important when I started developing my Macro series,” he explains. “Based on the starting point that he [Oldenburg] suggests, I tried to create my own vision of reality, on one hand based on a personal collection of objects, and on the other, of a meticulously realistic analysis of those fragments.”

Rmulo Celdrn: Website | Tumblr

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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